The Avengers smashed the box office opening weekend record with its $200.3 million debut. It broke the previous record of $169.2 million for the debut of last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
The Avengers already tallied $151.5 million overseas during the weekend, which brought its total to $441.5 million since it opened last week on the international market. The movie’s worldwide total is now at $641.8 million in just a week and a half. It is more than the previous Marvel superhero movies made during their entire runs.
Disney’s domestic estimates that The Avengers will be the first movie to get $200 million in a single weekend. Disney spent the weekend revising its forecasts in an upward trend as reports come in with regards to the movie’s success in the United States.
The Avengers began its domestic run with solid midnight crowds last Friday but the numbers were not record breaking. Then for the whole of Friday, it did $80.5 million. It was only second to the last Harry Potter movie, which made $91.1 million on its debut day. It made $69.7 million last Saturday. Disney estimated that it would bring in $50.1 million on Sunday.
The box office record was a fitting reward to the years of planning made by Marvel Studios, which included teasers of an Avengers movie in its previous superhero flicks. The Avengers was directed by Joss Whedon and featured Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
Domestic revenues for The Avengers is at $248 million, which is 49 percent more compared to the Thor that opened last year. The Avengers got 4/5 of the weekend’s domestic box office receipts.